The ongoing feud between Lil Wayne and Birdman has had a significant impact on Weezy's career, forcing him to push back the release date for Tha Carter V and prompting him to admit that he feels "defenseless and mentally defeated," teasing a possible retirement. In the midst of the dispute, Cortez Bryant, Lil Wayne's manager, stopped by the Rap Radar podcast on Thursday (Oct 13) to weigh in drama surrounding Tha Carter V.
The feud dates back to December 2014, when Wayne sent a message via Twitter saying, "To all my fans, I want u to know that my album won't and hasn't been released bekuz Baby & Cash Money Rec. refuse to release it." Since then, Weezy has publicly denounced Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman in tweets and public appearances.
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"We built this organization on family", Bryant offers in the interview. "So when shit got rough, you know when things get rough you see who really is by your side and how they move. So I think that part of it hurt the most, you know, I think that's the hardest to deal with." Cortez says that he's presented Cash Money founders Birdman and Slim with plans for Wayne's new music numerous times, and it never sparked conflict in the past -- although this time around, the CEOs weren't in favor of Cortez's plan.
Even after the success of Lil Wayne's single "Believe Me" featuring Drake -- which hit No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was supposed to be featured on Tha Carter V -- plus the 2014 joint tour Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Cash Money said it couldn't provide the funds to support Weezy's forthcoming album, further delaying the project. The Cash Money CEOs also weren't in favor of Cortez's plan for Tha Carter V, including the joint venture Wayne could have had with Google.
"We had a deal cut with Google to where ... they were gonna back back the album and we're really gonna be able to give away Carter V free," Bryant revealed. Once Wayne got word that his album would be delayed and his partnership with Google scrapped, he warned Cortez, "You can't stop me, you can't hold me back," starting Wayne's multitude of tweets and public criticism against Cash Money. "Tha Carter is his marquee staple series of music," Bryant said. "Fans have bigger expectations for Tha Carter V, and he knows that."
Watch Cortez Bryant's full interview below: